Local & Regional
Mon April 16, 2012
Sixth person dies in tornado outbreak
WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer says a sixth person has died as a result of injuries suffered in a deadly tornado.
Lehenbauer said Monday that the man died Sunday night in an Amarillo, Texas, hospital where he was taken following the early Sunday morning twister that hit Woodward. The man's name and age were not released.
Two men and three children were also killed in the tornado that was part of a storm system that stretched from Texas to Minnesota and spawned more than 120 twisters.
Governor Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency in 12 counties following storms that included a tornado that's blamed for the deaths of five people in Woodward.
Fallin toured the Woodward area by helicopter on Sunday and said afterward that emergency responders in the area were "remarkable" in their response.
Fallin said her emergency declaration is due to tornadoes, severe storms, straight line winds and flooding that began Friday.
Counties included in the declaration are Alfalfa, Caddo, Canadian, Cleveland, Ellis, Harper, Jackson, Kiowa, Logan, Oklahoma, Woods and Woodward. More counties can be added if conditions warrant.
Fallin's order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases needed to expedite the delivery of resources to the counties and is the first step toward possibly asking for federal assistance.